Letters

There are 45 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jun 8, 2008, titled Letters. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are to be commended for their dedication and commitment to public service.

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dargent7

AOL

#1 Jun 8, 2008
Why is Obama referred to as "African American"?
His mother was lily white from Kansas and his dad from Kenya.
That's 50/50, black & white.
He's in his own category, and as much white as black, but society would melt down if he was called a "white" man. American titles are still racist.
SilentDoGood

Hoolehua, HI

#2 Jun 8, 2008
Don't people have better things to do than go after someone who used the wrong word. Honestly I had to look that word up to find the meaning on google. We all make fun of each other in Hawaii, even the Advertiser cartoon made fun of the Chinese with a cartoon cat with a rat tail coming out of its mouth during the start of the Chinese New Year of the Rat. Nobody is going after Dick Adair's Cartoon's drawing in poor taste. This is America and you have the right of expression. Take a few words of wisdom from the late Don Ho, "ain't no big thing bradda, just go hang loose."
Mike Hu

Salem, OR

#3 Jun 8, 2008
Only in Hawaii --

do people rationalize all their bigotries, biases and prejudices as something praiseworthy, commendable and defensible.

That’s the kind of thinking and "tolerance" that makes it impossible for the people of Hawaii ever to move ahead to a really enlightened society and solve their problems.

Unfortunately, the leaders are "representative" of this society -- and that is your problems.
dontwannabe

Honolulu, HI

#4 Jun 8, 2008
Mike Hu wrote:
Only in Hawaii --
do people rationalize all their bigotries, biases and prejudices as something praiseworthy, commendable and defensible.
That’s the kind of thinking and "tolerance" that makes it impossible for the people of Hawaii ever to move ahead to a really enlightened society and solve their problems.
Unfortunately, the leaders are "representative" of this society -- and that is your problems.
then say out of it .
Mike Hu

Salem, OR

#5 Jun 8, 2008
This is precisely the mentality I'm talking about -- that doesn't allow the culture and its personalities ever to deal with their flaws, shortcomings and mistakes.

Instead, the person to whom the problem is brought to their attention, flies into a rage -- demanding that anybody who acknowledges that there could be the possibility for improvement -- should get out of the Islands (house).

It's an inability to cope, to adapt, to admit mistakes -- without going into denial and brutal suppression and retaliation.
Thom1s

United States

#6 Jun 8, 2008
dargent7 wrote:
Why is Obama referred to as "African American"?
His mother was lily white from Kansas and his dad from Kenya.
That's 50/50, black & white.
He's in his own category, and as much white as black, but society would melt down if he was called a "white" man. American titles are still racist.
You have, as usual, gotten it wrong, Phydeaux. Obama truly IS African American. The vast majority of whom it has become politically correct to CALL African American are more accurately described as Americans of African Ancestry -- triple A's. It is viewed by many as the long overdue maturation of our culture that former barriers of skin color have fallen away to the extent we might even consider a man of color. Personally I would prefer Maryland's Lt Gov Michael Steele as he at least has some actual executive experience, where Sen. Obama has never run anything but his mouth ... and that, not always well. In fact Sen. Obama has amassed a record of ZERO legislative achievement at both state and federal levels. The last time we sent a boy in to do MAN's work in the White House on January 20, 1961 he very nearly got incinerated in a full up arsenal exchange with the Soviets in October 1962. He would have too had he not instructed the AG (his BROTHER!!) to cut a secret back channel deal with Krushchev in which WE had to abandon the Monroe Doctrine and give the Soviets permanent residence 90 miles offshore, WE had to withdraw OUR missiles from Itlay and Turkey and WE had to accept UNVERIFIED Soviet "assurances" they would remove their nukes from Cuba.

Additionally to make up for his serial humiliations of America with his foreign policy blunders in Berlin, Cuba (twice), Tibet and Laos, this greenhorn son of a rich bootlegger gratuitously launched a splendid little war in Vietnam that would ultimately cost almost sixty thousand American lives before the man he narrowly beat in 1960 came to power in 1969 to clean up the mess he had made and extricate us from Vietnam with the first coherent foreign policy since the days of Ike.

Are we REALLY going to send in another BOY to do MAN's work? If so, God help us. We BARELY survived Kennedy's wretched thousand days of running amok in the White House.
Bullshot Crummond

Honolulu, HI

#7 Jun 8, 2008
Hmmm. The comment from dargent7 was about race, but Thom1s rants about Kennedy, then refers to Obama as a "boy."

Haven't heard crap like that since I lived in the South.

Can't tell if he's a cracker or just cracked.
Stumbling Drunk

Hilo, HI

#8 Jun 8, 2008
If Obama places Hillary within a heartbeat of the Presidency, you can kiss his _ss goodbye.
Aiea

Mililani, HI

#9 Jun 8, 2008
He's a cracked cracker. He needs some cracks.
Good Dutchman

Hilo, HI

#10 Jun 8, 2008
Why do your people sell drugs on downtown streets?

This is crazy. Drugs belong in the hands of doctors and pharmacists.

Why do Americans allow this?
duh

Kailua, HI

#12 Jun 8, 2008
Bullshot Crummond wrote:
Hmmm. The comment from dargent7 was about race, but Thom1s rants about Kennedy, then refers to Obama as a "boy."
Haven't heard crap like that since I lived in the South.
Can't tell if he's a cracker or just cracked.
He also used "boy" to describe Kennedy. Read more carefully He means "young and inexperienced" in his Kennedy rant.
Waianae Moke

Makawao, HI

#14 Jun 8, 2008
Rod Tam's use of "da word" is nothing more than a description of a person who is present in the US illegally. The only people that should be offended are those in this country illegally. These people are criminals. Let's not forget, "illegal immigrants" are breaking our laws. Shall we stop calling rapist, robbers, child molesters, murderers etc. some other politically correct jargon as not to offend these criminals? "Da Word" is a good description of what the "Illegal Immigrants" did.
Pat

Kaneohe, HI

#15 Jun 8, 2008
It is sad to read Jerry Coffee's letter concerning McCain. Both should retire from promoting "enemies". Vietnam was another war in which America should not have participated. Both would not have been POW's, if they had not unwisely participated. It does not make them heros. McCain is said to have not met a lobbiest that he hasn't supported. McCain has supported the Bush/Cheney lies to the American Congress and people which prompted the illegal invasion of Iraq which is not Constitutional. If McCain and Jerry Coffee were true American Patriots, they would have called for the Impeachment of Bush/Cheney for violations of the Constitution. Upholding the Constitution is the primary oathe that a Congressional and a Military person takes. Both Coffee and McCain have the appearance of hypocrits when it comes to the welfare of our nation.
Jim

Honolulu, HI

#16 Jun 8, 2008
Alan Cummings wrote:
Jim Fromm,
I have a question for you. What school do you attend to get "experience" to become a good President? If I hear the word "experience" applied to Obama one more time I am going to hurl. You seem to forget that he has more experience than McCain in the state Senate.
Then may I suggest you find a barf bag. His so called "experience" seems to stem from 20 years in a black theology church; a few years with a do nothing record in the Illinois State and U. S. Senates; his friendship with 60's radicals and murderers and a 100% liberal voting record, that's NOT the kind of experience I want in my President.
Keep in mind, we're electing a Commander-in-Chief, not an Orator-in-Chief. Don't let his pretty delivery fool you.
Aipoalani the Dumb

Wahiawa, HI

#17 Jun 8, 2008
Hanalei Aipoalani's campaign ad dressed up as a letter to the editor, fails to make the mark.

Obama has no experience aside from smelling and milking the white man's guilt, carried by the Democrats, over slavery of the past.

But, Obama is not a descendant of any slave. Obama's dad was fresh off the boat from Kenya and not a descendant of an American slave.

Descendants of the American slaves have earned the right, pride and title of Black Americans through the sacrifices, hardships and struggles as descendants of those slaves upon whose backs much of this great nation was built.

In addition, Obama wants to sit down talk with and sing "Kumbaya" with our enemies, the terrorists.
Mongo

San Antonio, TX

#18 Jun 8, 2008
Justin Hahn letter sounds like another in the long line of "I got mine, so we can stop building now" arguments. Few would argue with the conclusion of the Brookings Institution that higher density transit oriented development is better for the environment than car-oriented urban sprawl on our ag land. That leaves the "let's just shut everything down position" the only contrarian position left. Which is fine if you don't need a home or a robust economy to make a living, but not everyone has that advantage.
Old days

Kihei, HI

#19 Jun 8, 2008
We are hung up in the "old days" thought which says if you have just one drop of black blood you are black (African American). The other 99,999,999 drops don't count.
Obama is bi-racial. And it is interesting to note that it was the white side of him that raised him and took care of him, not the black side. If he had gone to Africa with his black father we would never have heard of him. I think he should celebrate his white side. It changed his and our lives. And maybe the future of America.
Hapa Hongo

San Antonio, TX

#20 Jun 8, 2008
dargent7 wrote:
Why is Obama referred to as "African American"?
His mother was lily white from Kansas and his dad from Kenya.
That's 50/50, black & white.
He's in his own category, and as much white as black, but society would melt down if he was called a "white" man. American titles are still racist.
Andrea Stewart doesn't even see things as black and white, she apparently see's only black.

Get with the program Ms Stewart, we are trying for solid poi dog here.
Kulafan

Hilo, HI

#21 Jun 8, 2008
Why is a person who is of racial mix with black being one of the mix considered to be all black? Tiger Woods is an example and now Barrack Obama. Shouldn't they just be called American as we are all considered when we go to foreign countries.Only in america we put labels on people. Just like we call Hawaiians with Caucasion blood and look more haole we call them haole. When I was in the Air Force the black guys used to make fun of a fellow airman because he was part Japanese and part Black. They used to call him the Black Jap. He hated it!In high school I was trying to date this Japanese girl from Pearl City. The Mom ask me what was my race and I told her I was Hawaiian Chinese and Japanese. She told me "Oh! too bad you not Japanese!" Yet when when I was in the Military idiots would call me Eh Japanee! I am sure that all the kids at Kamehameha school consider themselves as Hawaiian. But once they go the the mainland be prepared to be called a pinapple or what your race your face really shows.
HRDawg

Mililani, HI

#22 Jun 8, 2008
What cracks me up is that some still think that we want "an experienced" Washington insider for President.

Wrong.

That's the first message that comes from Barack's recent victory. Just using his high intelligence with low common sensibility has led him to the biggest come-from-behind victory in the history of American politics.

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